Wimpy Hodgepodge

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” ~ J. Wellington Wimpy 1932 from the Popeye series.

1. What makes you feel accomplished? Explain.

I’m a list maker and when I can check off everything on the list I feel accomplished. A freshly mowed lawn always gives me the feeling of accomplishment. I’m thankful that I can still accomplish it with a minimum of aches and pains.

2. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Tell us why.

Queen Elizabeth: Being the longest reigning Monarch she must have some interesting tales to tell. Now how to get her to share those tales would be quite a feat.

Billy Graham: He’s always so engaging in his interviews and since we have the same Spirit within us it would be a rich time together. I could thank him in person for how his ministry played a huge roll in the life of our family.

P1040573Jamie Oliver: He’s a great chef and a fun person who is interesting and seems to love life.  The photo above is of Josh, Laura, Dear and me with Jamie Oliver in one of his restaurants in London. We were having breakfast and he walked in. We asked to take a photo with him and he obliged and we had a very nice conversation, too.

3. Do you have a great burger recipe? No

What’s in it?

For me it’s not what’s in it but what’s on it.

The patty should be seasoned well and then load on the onions either raw or caramelized or both (I like my onions on a burger), thick slice of tomato, Kosher pickle, mustard and ketchup.

Where is your favorite spot to order one out?

In-N-Out Burger. I’m still waiting for them to come as far north as Washington State.

Side note: In high school and early college years our church youth group would go to a restaurant in Alhambra, California called Twohey’s. They had the best hamburgers and Ice cream Sundaes. I’d always order the Stink-o-burger. It was loaded with onions and stinking wasn’t something I had anxiety about. 🙂 I just googled Twohey’s and they still have “The Original Stinko Burger on the menu. Just onions and pickles!

4. What’s the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis?

I really don’t have a regular anxiety producing thing that I have to do. Irregular anxiety producing things in my life are going to the dentist and driving in horrible conditions like snow, ice, or downpours. One other anxiety producing thing in my life is speaking in front of a crowd. The collage above is of me speaking at a Mennonite Girls Can Cook event. I was shaking and sweating and so happy when my little segment was over.

5. This is the last Hodgepodge of May. Tell us about your summer plans.
Staying as cool as possible. Visiting our kids in Eastern Washington and seeing how our little Addy has grown. We will be having summertime house guests in July.

6. Insert your own random thought~I’ve been in California for a week and am flying home early Wednesday morning so I’ll be late in coming around. Also this Hodgepodge made me ask my sister to take me to get an In-N-Out burger on Tuesday afternoon after I typed up this post. There happens to be one close to her home.

Linking up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge. She provides the questions and we provide some answers.

12 thoughts on “Wimpy Hodgepodge

  1. I’m really scared of the dentist too, and am learning to speak in front of a crowd, although I don’t like it! When I try to sell my books at booths and events I get nervous at this question: ‘So what’s your book about?’ I never answer it correctly!

  2. You have made me so hungry for a burger with onions! lol How nice to have met Jamie Oliver; that’s a fun photo. I, too, would love to meet Billy Graham.

  3. Hi Ellen! I like your hodgepodge. I’ve only had In and Out burgers once or twice but they ARE yummy! Your lawn looks nice after a mow!
    I’ve heard of Jamie Oliver but he looks so nice with your family that I might have to buy a cookbook.
    Take care, safe travels, and thanks for sharing!

  4. In honor of your visit to So Cal, we turned down the heat 🙂 So glad you get to indulge in your second-favorite burger joint while you were visiting your sisters and dad.

    (LOVE Rosella’s comment above!)

  5. Eek. I just scheduled an appointment for dental surgery in July, so I am feeling a touch of that anxiety this afternoon.

    What fun to meet Jamie Oliver! Looks like you’re BFF’s! 🙂

    Safe and happy travels as you fly back home!

  6. Love these Hodgepodge posts.
    Challenges me to think about my answers to questions. It is fun and stimulating.
    Do you ever do Mennonite Girls can cook in eastern Canada or States?

  7. Love that, Ellen .. a selfie-interview giving us a glimpse of things about you I would not think to ask you about… Hmmm… I would love to listen in to the conversation between your three guests, if they are all invited for the same day !

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